Daylight saving time: A brief video history

It's time once again to move clocks forward in accordance with daylight saving time.

DST is meant to stretch the hours of daylight during summer months and begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. 

Here are some DST facts:

  • Daylight saving time originated in Germany on April 30, 1916.
  • In the U.S., a seasonal version of DST was signed into law in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson to help World War I efforts.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted year-round DST in the U.S. in 1942.
  • DST caused confusion for bus and train schedules when states and localities were not mandated to use it. In 1966, congress passed the Uniform Time Act declaring everyone must participate.
  • More than 70 countries world-wide honor daylight saving time.
  • The current U.S. schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


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